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September 1999
Articles > Historical

Oliver Cromwell – Toleration in an Intolerant Age

‘More often than not, in Puritan England, toleration was a dirty word. It stood not for an edifying principle but an impious policy’. So wrote Blair Worden, then of St Edmund's Hall, Oxford, in an essay on Cromwellian toleration written in 1984.1 To grant ‘a toleration’ was to make ‘an expedient concession to wickedness’.…

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